21 Mar 2012

Workshop to link businesses with science and technology

7:16 am on 21 March 2012

A workshop in Rotorua aims to help link Maori businesses with science and innovation experts from Crown Research Institutes, universities and government agencies.

The free workshop on 21 March is organised by Te Puni Kokiri. It will cover an introduction to the science and innovation sector, business planning and communications and how to build business partnerships.

Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) has forecast that the adoption of science and innovation by Maori businesses could add $12 billion to the Maori economy, which is currently worth $37 billion.

The value of the Maori asset base in Waiariki, the wider Bay of Plenty, is $7 billion.

BERL also says it could result in an extra 150,000 jobs by 2060.

Te Puni Kokiri regional manager Rachel Jones says it is essential that Maori business people connect with the science and innovation sector to make growth happen.